Dr Abdul Waheed Awan

Senior Lecturer

Digital, Tech, Innovation & Business

Currently I am Senior Lecturer in Mechanical & Automotive Engineering and Award Leader for MSc Automotive Engineering within School of Creative Arts and Engineering. I have been Couse Leader for BEng (Hons) with a Foundation Year along with teaching and module management for range of modules within Mechanical and Automotive Engineering at both UG and PG level since I joined Staffordshire University in 2015.

I worked at the University of Birmingham for almost two years as Research Fellow (Post-doc) for Innovate UK’s Low Rolling Resistance Tyre Project (£1M) as lead researcher from UoB. Before joining UoB, I was visiting Researcher at SKF Engineering and Research Centre, Holland, during my fully funded PhD studies at Bournemouth University, UK, and conducted research on Innovative Hybrid Bearing project for special and severe operating conditions. Before joining Bournemouth University in January 2011, I also worked at the Centre for Fluid and Structure Mechanics in Pakistan for 4 years (2007-2011) as Manager (Technical) where I was leading and researching in the area of CFD and Structural Analysis projects.

I have been a winner of the prestigious BU PhD Scholarship Award, JNU South Korea PhD Scholarship, Fully Funded Master Studies Scholarship at GIKI and UG Engineering Merit Scholarship at UET Peshawar. I have also been awarded generous funding and bursaries to travel USA, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Holland and Austria for Conferences and Technical Courses.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) – Engineering Council, UK
  • Member (MIMechE) – Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK
  • Member (RE) – Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC)
  • Fellow (FHEA) – Higher Education Academy, UK

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Mechanical Engineering (Tribology) – Bournemouth University, UK
  • PgCHPE – Staffordshire University, UK
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering (Distinction) – GIK Institute, Pakistan
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical (First Class) – UET Peshawar, Pakistan


  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Structural Integrity
  • Tyre Dynamics

Research interests

  • Tyre Dynamics (Modelling, Analysis and Testing)

  • Contact Mechanics and Structural Integrity

  • Wear, Surface Analysis and Tribology

  • Suspension Design and Analysis

  • FE based simulation and Stress Analysis



  • Advanced Vehicle Dynamics (Module Leader) – Level 7
  • Technical Paper Authoring (Module Leader) – Level 7
  • Advanced Vehicle Design (Module Leader) – Level 6
  • Vibration Analysis – Level 6
  • Mechanical Systems (Module Leader) – Level 5
  • Fundamentals of Mechanics & Thermo-Fluid (Module Leader) – Level 4
  • Thermo-Mechanical Principles (Module Leader) – Level 4
  • Engineering Science – Level 3


  • Effects of Inflation Pressure internal variations on the Tire Rolling and Cornering Characteristics – Tire Technology Conference – Hannover Germany – 2018

  • Parameters influencing the cornering stiffness and moments of radial tire – Tire Technology Conference – Hannover Germany – 2017

  • Factors affecting relaxation length of radial tyre – Tire Technology Conference – Cologne Germany – 2015

  • Defect Tolerance Assessment of Silicon Nitride in Rolling Contact – Technical Report Submitted to SKF ERC, Holland - 2014

  • Determination of load capacity of non-gasketed flange joint under combined internal pressure, axial and bending loading for safe strength and sealing – J Braz. Soc. Mech. Sci – 36:477-490 – 2014

  • Modelling of surface defects in Silicon Nitride rolling element in lubricated rolling contact – STLE Conference– Orlando USA – 2014

  • An experimental investigations of rolling contact failure within silicon nitride subject to micros surface defects – WTC - Polytechnic di Torino (DIMEAS) 2:1142-1145 - 2013

  • Surface star defect tolerance assessment on finished silicon nitride balls in rolling contact – Leeds Lyon Conference – Lyon France – 2013

  • Hydrostatic pressure effects in silicon nitride under rolling contact: A FEA study – BU conf. 2013

  • Lubrication effects on the star surface defects within silicon nitride under rolling contact – BU conf. 2012
    • Defect Tolerance Assessment of Silicon Nitride in Rolling Contact – Preliminary Investigation, Technical Report Submitted to SKF ERC, Holland - 2012

  • Defect tolerance assessment of silicon nitride in rolling contact – BU conference - 2011

  • Performance of a non-gasketed flange joint under combined internal pressure and bending loading – ASCE J. E.Mechanics – 136: 1519-1527 - 2010

  • Stamina of a non-gasketed flange joint under combined internal pressure and axial loading – IMechE J. Proc. M. Eng. 222:E 143-155 - 2008

  • 3-D non-linear FEA of a non-gasketed flange analysis under combined internal pressure and axial loading – ASME PVP - Computer Applications Technology and Bolted Joints; 2: 253-260 - 2007

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Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

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Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021